Relief for Typhoon Victims in the Philippines
- Good day to all.
Typhoon Ketsana (Philippine codename is "Ondoy") has devastated metropolitan Manila in the Philippines last Saturday, which has more than 10 million people and is listed as one of the most populous cities in the world. To date, more than 500,000 individuals have lost their homes and are currently housed in impromptu relief shelters like schools, community centers, offices and the like, while close to 500 have been confirmed dead or are still missing. Flood waters reached as high as three story houses and buildings which caused the widespread calamity.
Despite the outpour of so many volunteers and donations, it still isn't enough. Many have been doing repetitive trips from donations drop-off sites to relief centers where the flood victims are currently sheltered and they say with so many people affected, the amount of read-to-eat food, drinking water, old clothes, blankets, slippers, shoes, toiletries, baby's milk, diapers, etc. were still not enough. This relief effort has been going on since Sunday morning Manila-time and many cities continue to clamor for more help.
I would like to appeal for your help by donating even as small as $5 or $10 to known organizations such as the Red Cross and the United Nations World Food Programme by going to their official websites. There are also some Filipino community groups actively participating in accepting cash and goods donations though I do not know their whereabouts (you may try your local Catholic church). Xoom.com can also accept cash deposits and remittances to various groups and individuals via PayPal or credit card. Whatever the means, your help will come a long way.
Thank you for your time and your help.
Raffy Pekson II
@ Makati City, Philippines